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Sitting in storage for nearly two years now, the film “PEOPLE I KNOW”
is finally getting its dvd release from MIRAMAX. Al Pacino stars as
Eli Wurman, an agent for the stars of Hollywood. He’s been
responsible for covering up one scandal after another over the
decades and done whatever necessary to earn his fees. But, his
biggest client, Cary Launer(Ryan O’Neal) is pushing the limits. He’s
trying to get rid of the young actress he’s been messing around with,
Jilli(Tea Leoni)but she won’t let go. It’s up to Eli to not only get
her to back away, but with discretion. Things take an unpredictable
and disturbing turn at an after hours party, and Eli’s world is
turned upside down. What could have been a consistently suspenseful
film, fails miserably, mostly due to inept direction. Instead of
tight pacing, the story seems to plod along. Great talent is wasted
as scenes that should have impact appear drained of energy.
MIRAMAX has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9
enhancement. The image is decent, but lacking the detail found in
many superior MIRAMAX releases of late. Colors are rich. Contrast is
fine, with generally deep blacks and grays. Fleshtones appear natural
MIRAMAX has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Because this film is
so dialogue-driven, there’s little in the way of surround effects.
However, music is boosted through all speakers at key moments.
Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
MIRAMAX has provided an audio commentary with the director.
Predictably, Algrant offers little explanation as to how this debacle
was made without him having a clue as to its problems, even in the
editing room! There is a deleted scenes section, offering at least
one scene that actually plays better than most left in the final